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VPNs to block hackers, phishers, and the police from monitoring you

By Alex Nimoy June 28, 2021, 4:59 p.m.

VPNs are used even to block hackers, phishers, and the police from monitoring you.  Stop letting third parties perform espionage activities so easy.

We are living in an era of technology, where there is a constant virtual war between hackers and security coders. However, the layman often finds themselves rendered helpless if both hackers and coders use their programming magic to spy on muggles - you and me.

However, a new technology has quickly risen in popularity, because it offers the promise of security for the people. And that is VPN.

What are VPNs?

A VPN (Virtual Private Network), is a secure and private network through the public internet. Essentially, VPNs encrypt your connection and render you anonymous, so it’ll not be as easy for potential hackers to steal your data.

Every device has an Internet Protocol (IP) address attached to it. Think of this as your device’s identity card. Every time you’re browsing the internet, your IP Address is blatantly shown to everyone who chooses to look at it.
As such, VPNs mask your IP Address. They replace it with a “fake” IP Address, masking your identity as well as your location. Along with secure and encrypted networks, you’ll have a safer time surfing the internet with VPNs.

What do VPNs provide?

There are many VPN service providers out there, some even for free. You should be wary of such VPN providers, as they can turn out to be hackers themselves!

If you use reputable VPNs like ExpressVPN, SurfShark, or NordVPN, you can expect them to minimally provide you with the following features.

• IP Address Masking

The very reason for VPNs’ existence is to mask your IP Address. VPN providers can give you a different IP Address in a faraway geographic location. This means that your ISP(Internet Service Provider) will not know your IP Address as well. It is kept between you and the VPN provider.

• Browsing History Block

Whenever you search for something on the internet, your web browser and ISP track you. Even in Google’s “Incognito” mode. Web browsers tie your search history to your IP Address, so your ISP has a hold on your data.

Who knows how they can use this data? With VPNs, your IP Address will be masked, so your ISP can’t track your data.

• Kill Switch

Public networks are not safe. While it may be free, it also means that anyone can access it - hackers, police, creeps, whoever.

Of course, VPNs have taken the precaution and moved you to a secure network. Sometimes, your VPN connection may drop, directing you to public WiFi networks. As such, VPNs implement a kill switch, totally terminating your connection if there are complications on the VPN side.

• Two-factor Authentication

VPNs don’t just let anyone through the door after they’ve knocked. With two-factor authentication, you’ll most likely have to verify a password on another device before being accepted.

Although VPNs can seem hasslesome, these are all preventive measures. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

How exactly VPNs are used even to block hackers, phishers, and the police?

Ultimately, this is the million-dollar question. What makes VPN worth it?

Well, let’s imagine this scenario.

You go out to a cafe, bringing your work laptop with you. You find a quiet place to access your “top-secret time machine” file, thinking that only you know about its existence. Unfortunately, there’s a syndicate of mafia hackers, police teams, and lone phishers, trying to access your computer. All it takes is for you to login to the public WiFi…

But no. You’re using a VPN!

The team of police immediately tracks down your IP address, which points them to somewhere… in China. Well, they find out that you’re using a VPN, but can’t do anything about locating you. Meanwhile, a syndicate of hackers tries to decrypt your data, and one talented member cracks the code! But as it turns out, the VPN has scrambled it into gibberish.

Finally, the lone phisher is actually your long-time stalker and figures out that you use ExpressVPN. Enraged, the phisher interrupts ExpressVPN’s servers, thinking that your device will switch to public WiFi.

Well, it doesn’t. Sadly for you, you’ll have to pack up and leave the cafe. You walk away cursing the “stupid” VPN, never knowing how much VPN has helped you...

Final Note

In a nutshell, VPNs’ main role is to protect and secure your data, from everybody but the VPN provider and yourself. This doesn’t guarantee no-hacks, but it is certain of low hacks.

If you treasure your privacy and personal information, VPNs are used even to block and preserve.

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